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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445606/structural-and-biological-properties-of-thermosensitive-chitosan-graphene-hybrid-hydrogels-for-sustained-drug-delivery-applications
#1
Leyla Saeednia, Li Yao, Marcus Berndt, Kim Cluff, Ramazan Asmatulu
Chitosan has the ability to make injectable thermosensitive hydrogels which has been highly investigated for drug delivery applications. The addition of nanoparticles is one way to increase the mechanical strength of thermosensitive chitosan hydrogel and subsequently and control the burst release of drug. Graphene nanoparticles have shown unique mechanical, optical and electrical properties which can be exploited for biomedical applications, especially in drug delivery. This study, have focused on the mechanical properties of a thermosensitive and injectable hybrid chitosan hydrogel incorporated with graphene nanoparticles...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444415/-conventional-radiological-diagnosis-of-benign-none-neoplasms
#2
A Bücker, G Schneider
BACKGROUND: Benign bone tumors are of special clinical importance because they might be confused with malignant bone tumors. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this article it to present the characteristics of benign bone tumors. The focus is orientated towards conventional x‑ray as the essential pillar for primary diagnosis. Consequently, the description of signal intensities of benign bone tumors in magnetic resonance images or less helpful clues like male-female ratios are deliberately omitted...
April 25, 2017: Der Orthopäde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444369/three-dimensional-intracellular-structure-of-a-whole-rice-mesophyll-cell-observed-with-fib-sem
#3
Takao Oi, Sakiko Enomoto, Tomoyo Nakao, Shigeo Arai, Koji Yamane, Mitsutaka Taniguchi
Background and Aims: Ultrathin sections of rice leaf blades observed two-dimensionally using a transmission electron microscope (TEM) show that the chlorenchyma is composed of lobed mesophyll cells, with intricate cell boundaries, and lined with chloroplasts. The lobed cell shape and chloroplast positioning are believed to enhance the area available for the gas exchange surface for photosynthesis in rice leaves. However, a cell image revealing the three-dimensional (3-D) ultrastructure of rice mesophyll cells has not been visualized...
April 21, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443980/chagas-disease-national-survey-of-seroprevalence-in-children-under-five-years-of-age-conducted-in-2008
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Graciela Russomando, Blanca Cousiño, Zunilda Sanchez, Laura X Franco, Eva M Nara, Lilian Chena, Magaly Martínez, María E Galeano, Lucio Benitez
BACKGROUND: Since the early 1990s, programs to control Chagas disease in South America have focused on eradicating domiciliary Triatoma infestans, the main vector. Seroprevalence studies of the chagasic infection are included as part of the vector control programs; they are essential to assess the impact of vector control measures and to monitor the prevention of vector transmission. OBJECTIVE: To assess the interruption of domiciliary vector transmission of Chagas disease by T...
May 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443870/operando-x-ray-spectroscopic-observations-of-modulations-of-local-atomic-and-electronic-structures-of-color-switching-smart-film
#5
Ying-Rui Lu, Tzung-Zing Wu, Han-Wei Chang, Jeng-Lung Chen, Chi-Liang Chen, Da-Hau Wei, Jin-Ming Chen, Wu-Ching Chou, Chung-Li Dong
Smart windows, which change color in response to external stimuli, are extensively studied owing to their potential technological applications in sensors and their ability to reduce the energy consumed by buildings. Most related studies focus on the optical properties of smart color switching films that can control the transmission of light and that of heat independently. This study examines the vanadium pentoxide thin film as a model system of a color switchable window. A gasochromic thin film of V2O5 is fabricated using sol-gel spin coating...
April 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442453/clickotine-a-personalized-smartphone-app-for-smoking-cessation-initial-evaluation
#6
Brian M Iacoviello, Joshua R Steinerman, David B Klein, Theodore L Silver, Adam G Berger, Sean X Luo, Nicholas J Schork
BACKGROUND: Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and the annual economic burden attributable to smoking exceeds US $300 billion. Obstacles to smoking cessation include limited access and adherence to effective cessation interventions. Technology can help overcome these obstacles; many smartphone apps have been developed to aid smoking cessation, but few that conform to the US clinical practice guideline (USCPG) have been rigorously tested and reported in the literature...
April 25, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442273/the-role-of-bile-acids-in-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
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REVIEW
Monica D Chow, Yi-Horng Lee, Grace L Guo
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is growing in prevalence worldwide. It is started by the presence of macrosteatosis on liver histology but is often clinically asymptomatic. However, it can progress into nonalcoholic steatohepatitis which is a more severe form of liver disease characterized by inflammation and fibrosis. Further progression leads to cirrhosis, which predisposes patients to hepatocellular carcinoma or liver failure. The mechanism by which simple steatosis progresses to steatohepatitis is not entirely clear...
April 22, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442062/retinoic-acid-triggers-c-kit-gene-expression-in-spermatogonial-stem-cells-through-an-enhanceosome-constituted-between-transcription-factor-binding-sites-for-retinoic-acid-response-element-rare-spleen-focus-forming-virus-proviral-integration-oncogene-spfi1-pu
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Swanand Koli, Ayan Mukherjee, Kudumula Venkata Rami Reddy
Restricted availability of retinoic acid (RA) in the testicular milieu regulates transcriptional activity of c-kit (KIT, CD117), which aids in the determination of spermatogonial stem-cell differentiation. The effect of RA on c-kit has been reported previously, but its mode of genomic action remains unresolved. We studied the molecular machinery guiding RA responsiveness to the c-kit gene using spermatogonial stem-cell line C18-4 and primary spermatogonial cells. A novel retinoic acid response element (RARE) positioned at -989 nucleotides upstream of the transcription start site (TSS) was identified, providing a binding site for a dimeric RA receptor (i...
March 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441953/anatomic-fat-depots-and-cardiovascular-risk-a-focus-on-the-leg-fat-using-nationwide-surveys-knhanes-2008-2011
#9
Eugene Han, Yong-Ho Lee, Byung-Wan Lee, Eun Seok Kang, In-Kyu Lee, Bong-Soo Cha
BACKGROUND: Although central fat is a well-known risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cardiometabolic disorders, the effect of other regional fats or muscle distribution on CVD risk has not been fully investigated. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study using nationally representative samples of 15,686 subjects from the 2008-2011 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Individual CVD risk was evaluated in adults aged ≥20 without prior CVD, using atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk equations according to the 2013 ACC/AHA guidelines...
April 26, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440227/3d-silicon-shapes-through-bulk-nano-structuration-by-focused-ion-beam-implantation-and-wet-etching
#10
Billel Salhi, David Troadec, Rabah Boukherroub
The work presented in this paper concerns the synthesis of silicon (Si) 2D and 3D nanostructures using the delayed effect, caused by implanted Ga ions, on the dissolution of Si in aqueous solutions of tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH). The crystalline silicon substrates (100) are first cleaned and then hydrogenated by immersion in an aqueous solution of hydrofluoric acid. The ion implantation is then carried out by a focused ion beam by varying the dose and the exposure time. Chemical etching in aqueous solutions of TMAH at 80 °C leads to the selective dissolution of the Si planes not exposed to the ions...
May 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439749/slippage-a-significant-problem-following-gastric-banding-a-single-centre-experience
#11
Tomasz Szewczyk, Przemyslaw Janczak, Natalia Jezierska, Piotr Jurałowicz
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is a well-established method of morbid obesity treatment. One of the complications is slippage. AIM: The aim of the study was to assess the prevalence, causes, and handling of slippage after LAGB in own material. MATERIAL AND METHODS: There were 740 procedures performed by one surgical team. The patients were selected according to the IFSO principles. The pars flaccida technique was applied and the position of the band was controlled...
April 24, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439266/a-novel-regulator-of-activation-induced-cytidine-deaminase-apobecs-in-immunity-and-cancer-schr%C3%A3-dinger-s-catalytic-pocket
#12
REVIEW
Justin J King, Mani Larijani
Activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) and its relative APOBEC3 cytidine deaminases boost immune response by mutating immune or viral genes. Because of their genome-mutating activities, AID/APOBECs are also drivers of tumorigenesis. Due to highly charged surfaces, extensive non-specific protein-protein/nucleic acid interactions, formation of polydisperse oligomers, and general insolubility, structure elucidation of these proteins by X-ray crystallography and NMR has been challenging. Hence, almost all available AID/APOBEC structures are of mutated and/or truncated versions...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439102/mecp2-regulated-mirnas-control-early-human-neurogenesis-through-differential-effects-on-erk-and-akt-signaling
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N Mellios, D A Feldman, S D Sheridan, J P K Ip, S Kwok, S K Amoah, B Rosen, B A Rodriguez, B Crawford, R Swaminathan, S Chou, Y Li, M Ziats, C Ernst, R Jaenisch, S J Haggarty, M Sur
Rett syndrome (RTT) is an X-linked, neurodevelopmental disorder caused primarily by mutations in the methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2) gene, which encodes a multifunctional epigenetic regulator with known links to a wide spectrum of neuropsychiatric disorders. Although postnatal functions of MeCP2 have been thoroughly investigated, its role in prenatal brain development remains poorly understood. Given the well-established importance of microRNAs (miRNAs) in neurogenesis, we employed isogenic human RTT patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) and MeCP2 short hairpin RNA knockdown approaches to identify novel MeCP2-regulated miRNAs enriched during early human neuronal development...
April 25, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438316/multiple-modes-of-capillary-electrophoresis-applied-in-peptide-nucleic-acid-related-study
#14
Xiaoqian Wang, Youhao Hu, Feng Qu, Rizwan Ullah Khan
Peptide Nucleic Acid (PNA) is a nucleic acid analogue, whose neutrally charged and hydrophobic backbone makes it more stable in vivo, so it might act as a potentially better protein probe as compared to aptamer. Currently the investigation of PNA and protein interaction is scarce. In this research, multiple modes of capillary electrophoresis were established and applied for PNA characterization and its interaction with ssDNA and protein. A 15-mer PNA having the same nucleobase sequence as 15-mer anti-thrombin DNA aptamer was chosen as PNA model for this study, its pI (7...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438018/control-of-mechanical-stability-of-hollow-silica-particles-and-its-measurement-by-mercury-intrusion-porosimetry
#15
Jelena Lasio, Alan M Allgeier, Christopher D Chan, J David Londono, Ebrahim Najafi, Francis J Woerner
Hollow silica particles (HSPs) have become the focus of interest in many labs recently, due to their versatility, stemming from the ability to control their size and shape, as well as surface functionalization. Determining the mechanical stability of hollow particles is essential for their use, both in applications in which they need to retain their structure, as well as those in which they need to break down. We have synthesized a series of HSPs (231 nm inner diameter) with increasing wall thickness (7-25 nm), using a template approach...
April 24, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437978/tunable-optical-cage-array-generated-by-dammann-vector-beam
#16
Xiaoyu Weng, Luping Du, Peng Shi, Xiaocong Yuan
Optical cages attract considerable attentions recently owing to their potential applications in optical trapping, optical imaging and optical cloaking. However, the generation of tunable optical cage arrays in the transverse plane comes to a great challenge, which restricts the effectiveness of the above applications. In this work, we propose a full polarization-controlled method that optical cage arrays with tunable number and positions in the x-y plane can be generated by a so-called Dammann vector beam (DVB), both under the conditions of high- and low-NA focusing system...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437969/experimental-generation-of-complex-optical-fields-for-diffraction-limited-optical-focus-with-purely-transverse-spin-angular-momentum
#17
Jian Chen, Chenhao Wan, Lingjiang Kong, Qiwen Zhan
We demonstrate a method to generate complex optical fields at the pupil plane of a high numerical aperture (NA) objective lens for the creation of diffraction limited optical focus with purely transverse spin angular momentum. The complex optical fields are analytically deduced through reversing the radiated patterns from two electric dipoles, which are located at the focal point of the high NA lens and oscillate respectively in x- and z- directions with phase difference of π/2. The derived fields can be experimentally created with a vectorial optical field generator...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437947/hard-x-ray-scanning-imaging-achieved-with-bonded-multilayer-laue-lenses
#18
Xiaojing Huang, Weihe Xu, Evgeny Nazaretski, Nathalie Bouet, Juan Zhou, Yong S Chu, Hanfei Yan
We report scanning hard x-ray imaging with a monolithic focusing optic consisting of two multilayer Laue lenses (MLLs) bonded together. With optics pre-characterization and accurate control of the bonding process, we show that a common focal plane for both MLLs can be realized at 9.317 keV. Using bonded MLLs, we obtained a scanning transmission image of a star test pattern with a resolution of 50 × 50 nm<sup>2</sup>. By applying a ptychography algorithm, we obtained a probe size of 17 × 38 nm<sup>2</sup> and an object image with a resolution of 13 × 13 nm<sup>2</sup>...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437623/selective-scene-perception-deficits-in-a-case-of-topographical-disorientation
#19
Jessica Robin, Matthew X Lowe, Sara Pishdadian, Josée Rivest, Jonathan S Cant, Morris Moscovitch
Topographical disorientation (TD) is a neuropsychological condition characterized by an inability to find one's way, even in familiar environments. One common contributing cause of TD is landmark agnosia, a visual recognition impairment specific to scenes and landmarks. Although many cases of TD with landmark agnosia have been documented, little is known about the perceptual mechanisms which lead to selective deficits in recognizing scenes. In the present study, we test LH, a man who exhibits TD and landmark agnosia, on measures of scene perception that require selectively attending to either the configural or surface properties of a scene...
April 2, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437606/transfer-study-of-silver-nanoparticles-in-poultry-production
#20
Federica Gallocchio, Giancarlo Biancotto, Veronica Cibin, Carmen Losasso, Simone Belluco, Ruud Peters, Greet van Bemmel, Claudia Cascio, Stefan Weigel, Peter Tromp, Federica Gobbo, Salvatore Catania, Antonia Ricci
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are of interest due to their antimicrobial activity and are seen as potential candidates to replace antibiotics in animal husbandry. A few studies have focused on this new application, but they lack any considerations about residual accumulation of AgNPs in edible animal tissues and animal products. In this research a 22-days in vivo study was carried out by oral administration of 20 nm spherical PVP coated AgNPs to hens. Six doses of approximately 1 mg kg-1 of AgNPs-PVP each were administered to animals throughout the experimentation...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
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